|I took this as she slept before the Vet|
- wasn't sure if it may be the last
Friday morning about 6.15, the lovely Lucy woke to go out, it all sounded soooo incredibly noisy and I got up to open the door and see what the racket was, only to find her falling all over the place... she couldn't keep upright, she started vomiting and her eyes were just rolling side to side in her eye sockets.
We thought she was having a stroke. It was awful.
She was so disorientated and distressed. She was being sick and we were trying to steady her from falling. At one point she sat down and we stroked her. She seemed to calm, but her eyes were frantically rolling.
We phoned the vet who advised us what to do and she jumped up on the couch and lay down. I sat next to her, I thought that this was the end. That something awful was happening. It was then that I started to draw out the reiki symbols on her body and I placed a gorgeous rose quartz next to her heart. If only I had some Vogel Animal Emergency Essence. She relaxed a little, and tried to sleep, eyes still rolling even when her eyes were closed.
Our Vet reassured us that she had a severe inner ear infection as she was displaying all the signs.
85% sure of this, he said. She had 3 injections - steroids, antibiotic anti-nausea - quite a load really. Poor chicken. We came back from the vet and she vomited all the way home in the car, which was not helped by Liverpool Speed Bumps! When she came home, she wanted to go outside and she spent about 15 minutes hidden in the huge raspberry bushes we have in our garden and it seemed she was getting something from the raspberry leaves. If you think about it, raspberry leaves are used to help relax the cervix for labour, so maybe she intuitively knew it would help to be immersed within the bushes to help relax the convulsions and nausea. She also started digging holes and being sick in them. I have never seen her do this before. Ever.
|The lovely Lucy|
She slept pretty much all that day. Symptoms were still the same, the eye rolling was decreasing but very unsteady and so glad she has 4 legs.
It's nearly the end of day 3 and I think she's making progress, although she's very out of sorts, not herself and not steady on her feet. Her head is still tilted on the left side, (the inner ear infection is in her left ear). She looks so "not Lucy". I hope that she will pick up, I'm sure she will, however I realise that she's entering a new phase of her life which makes me very aware of her mortality -and my own and those around me.
In the time just before we went to the Vet, in the twilight zone of realising what was going on - we wondered how we could not have lucia in our lives and having lost 2 pets dear to me, I know the feeling. Yet, Lucy is even more of a family member, she's my surrogate daughter, the one that I don't have. But that's another story.
For those who don't have or have never had a close relationship with a furry animal, you probably think I'm over-reacting, giving status updates on facebook, phone calls to people and writing a blog about a dog. Well all I can say is Dog is God spelt backwards and she is that to me. She's divine to me.
I first saw Lucy at 5 weeks old, I knew she was my buddy, my child, my friend, and she came to live with me when she was 7 weeks old. She'll be 13 in July and has been with me through all of my 30s, through some very difficult and challenging times and now I'm nearly 43. It's a long time.
Thank you to everyone who has sent her love, she knows you have. I have told her
Warmth and love
|Lucy on Saturday evening|